Separate but equal?

Well, more than fifty years since Brown v. Board, it seems America’s cities are still stuck on the “separate” part of the phrase.

As the results of the Census continue to roll out, the picture of the make up of America’s cities is being evaluated and as the numbers show, progress is slow and hard earned.

In their new report, “The Persistence of Segregation in the Metropolis,” Brown University professor John Logan and Florida State University professor Brian Stults looked at the trend in housing across the U.S. Using the 2010 Census, the pair found that despite increased racial and ethnic diversity, efforts to integrate American cities has slowed and in some places come to a dead halt.

The Most Segregated Cities in America

    1. Detroit, Michigan
    2. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    3. New York, New York
    4. Newark, New Jersey
    5. Chicago, Illinois
    6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    7. Miami, Florida
    8. Cleveland, Ohio
    9. St. Louis, Missouri
    10. Nassau-Suffolk, New York

Logan expressed his disappointment with the results telling USA Today:

“This is a surprising result. At worst, it was expected that there would be continued slow progress.”

While advocates of fair housing have worked since the Civil Rights era to secure the passage of legislation to prevent discrimination, the census numbers suggest there is a gap between the laws on the book and actual implementation.

Despite the grim news, there are some bright spots in the numbers on housing. In the last decade, Kansas City, which saw a 7.4 percent decrease in residential segregation.

What do you think of the list of the most segregated cities is the country? Do you live in one of the cities on the lists?  Are you surprised at the state of housing in the country?  Share your thoughts with us Clutchettes!

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  • RaymondC

    I’m surprised that they didn’t mention the Los Angeles metropolitan region. In the Los Angeles area (which includes most of Orange County, the San Fernando Valley region and the Inland Empire), you have very strong, distinct enclaves of African-Americans (South Central), Hispanics (especially East Los Angeles and Santa Fe Springs), Chinese (Alhambra and Monterey Park), Koreans (Koreatown section of Los Angeles, which has revived in recent years), Japanese (Torrance especially with many Japanese companies located there supporting the US subsidiaries of Honda and Toyota) and Vietnamese (Westminster and Garden Grove).

    • Curtis Woods II

      I live in Kansas City and my wife is from St. Louis. Who ever wrote this article is skewed. I would argue Kansas City Mo is the most segregated cities in America. The “Red Line” of Troost from 75th to Downtown has not changed since the 40’s. It is kind of insulting that this article was wrote without forethought. Someone this data on the wall to see what would stick,

  • gthog61

    Who the Hell cares as long as people can live where they want?

  • TexEd

    You can reach the same conclusion with another calculation. Hypothesize the American cities with the most entrenched democrat political machines, those that have been in almost absolute power for the longest time and you’ll get about the same list. Understand that the democrats actually hate blacks and still believe that they should still own them all!

  • Chrissy

    I can most def see Miami